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One Very Smart, Dumb Movie,
Surprise, it's a morality tale disguised as a sex comedy.
Imagine you combined a few of the best parts of Something about Mary, 40 days and 40 nights, Sideways and ( as strange as it might sound) an after school special. Now, throw in more profanity than really necessary and imagine that the combination worked.
Plus, unlike the Josh Hartnett film, 40 days and 40 nights, there is some actual thought given to the kind of person who is shown.
It's not Shakespeare. It's not Once Upon a Time In Mexico. And it's not the Usual Suspects, but for what it is it works.
And what it is, is the smartest dumb movie I've seen in a very long time.
Among its many surprises, is you have a peer group of men who actually look out for each other.
You also have an attractive grandmother who is not the standard cookie-cutter grandmother.
These are just two of the many departures from the expected that make this anything but the one-note comedy that the commercials make it seem like.
The 40 year-old is cut from the same cloth as Steve Martin's early masterpiece, the Jerk, and as someone in his thirties, it's refreshing to see a funny movie, where the main character is not a 20-something.
Plus, the soundtrack is a surprising combination of some of the forgotten treasures of pop and broadway.
Perhaps, the best of all, it's nice to be reminded that everyone is running on their own schedule in life.
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2008 9:53:51 PM PDT
Michael Syroid says:
Very thoughtful review. Yo comprendo. Thanks!
Posted on Feb 14, 2009 7:24:01 PM PST
Tom T. says:
What's so great about "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"? You reference that like it's some sort of masterpiece. It isn't.
But I'm glad you liked this. 40-year-old virign is the best comedy of the decade -- and the have been lots of good ones.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2009 3:51:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2009 3:55:56 AM PDT
So funny, I immediately had the same reaction as Tom T & clicked on the link to make that same comment. "Once Upon a Time" wasn't a terrible movie but it's certainly no masterpiece! I remember Depp looking as "pretty" as ever, Mickey Rourke being cool as ever, as well as some over-the-top eye gouging & a whole lot of lines I could finish aloud before the actors said them...
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